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The Industrial Relations Research Association was established in 1948. In December of that year, local members founded the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the IRRA, which became the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) in 2005.  Click here to read more history. 








The DC LERA Board of Governors invites you to the monthly luncheon meeting Wednesday,
January 28, 2015...

Work and Inequality:
Shaping the Future 2030

Dave Snapp
SEIU 21st Century Blueprint Committee

Military planners coined the term VUCA to describe a world that is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous.  In a VUCA world, organizations - especially unions - need to be resilient and adaptive in order to survive and thrive.  That's part of the thinking behind the SEIU's 21st Century Blueprint Committee, which is working to develop long-term, game-changing strategies based on an understanding of the future.  The work of the Committee is still in progress, but this talk will share some of the lessons during the first "forecast" phase of the work.  we will share an overview of 6 megatrends shaping the future for workers in the U.S. and globally, and what the union has been learning in the process of exploration.

Dave Snapp has worked in the labor movement for nearly forty years.  He currently staffs the SEIU 21st Century Blueprint Committee.  He has been an organizational and strategic consultant to unions since 2000.  Among his clients have been the SEIU, UFCW, Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions, AFL-CIO and Change to Win.  Prior to that he worked for 17 years on the SEIU staff as an organizer, Assistant Research Director and Health Care Division Director.

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December Luncheon With George Cohen

DC LERA Board of Governors present certificate of appreciation to December guest speaker George Cohen.

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The DC LERA Welcomes
New President Steve Silvia

Steve Silvia, recently elected president of the DC LERA, is a professor at American University's School of International Service, as well as an affiliate professor in American University's economics department.   Click here to learn more about Steve and read his personal message.


Past President Bill Scott presents Certificates of Appreciation to
Recording Secretary Joe Banizewski
and Treasurer Patrick McHugh

Ed Dubester receives Certificate of Appreciation by Past President Scott

Certificates of Appreciation awarded to the DC LERA Supporting Team


Missed the
December Meeting?

New Models of Collective Bargaining with guest speaker
George H. Cohen

Mr. Cohen, the 17th Director of the FMCS, was the December luncheon speaker. Mr. Cohen’s career spans decades in private law practice, in which he successfully negotiated contracts for professionals of all types. He and his colleagues had a major national role in litigating OSHA protection of workers’ health. 
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